All 13 recipients of automatic invitations to this year’s centennial 24 Hours of Le Mans have been confirmed after the conclusion of the Asian Le Mans Series last weekend.
DKR Engineering, Graff Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport earned spots on the Le Mans grid for winning the class titles in LMP2, LMP3 and GT3 respectively.
They join ten other teams that have already received invitations based on results from last year’s European Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Both DKR Engineering and Graff have been granted places on the LMP2 grid for Le Mans, while BMW customer team Walkenhorst is guaranteed a spot in GTE-Am.
The only Hypercar invitation is for Action Express Racing, which runs a Cadillac V-LMDh in the WeatherTech Championship.
IMSA has three Le Mans berths to hand out for the second year in a row. The LMP3 champion’s invitation was replaced by a general invitation that has gone to AXR, while the traditional Truman/Akin Award slots went to John Farano and Ryan Hardwick.
As previously announced, Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 class champion GMB Motorsport will run an Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the GTE-Am class at Le Mans.
A total of six teams received automatic invitations from the European Le Mans Series, including the champions in all three categories.
Prema Racing, which won the LMP2 title on the first attempt, has an LMP2 invitation along with runner-up Panis Racing and LMP3 champion Cool Racing.
It is understood that Prema will only run two cars at Le Mans despite having three entries, courtesy of a two-car program in the FIA World Endurance Championship and its ELMS-winning effort.
The top three teams in the ELMS GTE class — Proton Competition, Kessel Racing and Iron Lynx — will be eligible for GTE-Am.
This year’s Le Mans edition is the first since 2016 to have no repeat recipients of automatic invitations, which are capped at two per team.
For the 2024 race, at least ten invitations will be available. The concept of handing out automatic entries to ELMS teams based on the number of cars in the series has been scrapped, with first and second in LMP2 and the champions in LMP2 Pro-Am and LMP3 all receiving Le Mans LMP2 tickets.
The GTE champion will get a place in the new LMGT3 class, along with the Asian Le Mans Series GT3 champion.
Next year’s Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 champion will get an invitation, however the LMP3 champion will no longer be rewarded with a confirmed Le Mans place.
Once again, three participants from this year’s WeatherTech Championship season will be guaranteed entries for 2024 at the discretion of IMSA, with those going into Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGT3.
A team from the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup is also set to be included.
This story was updated at 10:55 a.m. ET to correct an earlier version that stated there would be a 2024 invitation for this year’s Michelin Le Mans Cup champion.